Staff caring for dementia patients and those improving safety in how we use medicines have been shortlisted at the national Patient Safety Awards, organised by the Health Service Journal and Nursing Times.
Cwm Taf University Health Board is among NHS organisations from across the UK named on the shortlist.
The project shortlisted in the Dementia Care
category has significantly improved the experience of elderly patients at Ysbyty George Thomas in Treorchy and cut incidents of challenging behaviour by 60%.
Julie Bishop, deputy ward manager on Cambrian Ward at YGT, felt the noise and morning activity on the ward was detrimental to elderly patients and wanted to create a calmer, more ‘at home’ environment. After 21 years of the same daily routine where patients were woken at set times, patients are now left to wake naturally, have breakfast and spend more time with staff, which has had a significant positive impact on both patients and staff.
In the Safety in Medicines Management category, Howard Rowe, Cwm Taf’s chief pharmacist and his team have been shortlisted for raising public awareness of medicines management and encouraging the correct use, storage and disposal of prescribed medicines.
Allison Williams, chief executive of Cwm Taf University Health Board, said: “I am absolutely thrilled that we have been shortlisted in these national awards and it’s testament to the commitment and passion of our staff that we have been recognised by the judges in two categories. Our philosophy as a health board is Cwm Taf Cares and I am proud that our staff, who often go above and beyond their day to day roles for the benefit of their patients, are getting the recognition they deserve.”
The awards ceremony will be held in Birmingham on July 6th.
A full shortlist and more details about the awards can be found here